ERJ staff report (TB)
London -- The liquidator for A1 Grand Prix Operations Ltd. is selling the racing series' assets, including 34 race cars, spare engines and other parts.
A1GP was founded in 2004 as a single manufacturer, open-wheel formula racing series ratified by the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile. The series' promoters pitched it as a type of â€œWorld Cup of Motorsport,â€ pitting national teams against one another.
The series ran for four seasons before creditors forced it to cease operations shortly before the start of the 2009-10 season.
According to the liquidator, GoIndustry DoveBid, the assets for sale include: 20 Ferrari-designed and powered racers, built in 2008; 14 Lola B05/02 chassis, built in 2005 for the 2005-06 and 2006-07 seasons; spare engines and engine and chassis parts; Maserati Quattroporte Sport GT Semi-Auto 4 Door and Ferrari 599GTB Semi-Auto Coupe safety and medical cars; wheels, tyres, support and transport racks; etc.
GoIndustry DoveBid was appointed to market the series' assets of A1 Holdings Ltd. on behalf of creditors in an effort to keep the popular race series alive.
â€œOffers areâ€¦being invited for the whole asset package, including the intellectual property rights to the A1 GP series logos and brands,â€ GoIndustry DoveBid said. Bidding is open through April 30.
Michelin Motorsport supplied the series with tyres for the 2008-09 season and had an agreement for the 2009-10 and 2010-11 seasons. Before that Findlay, Ohio-based Cooper Tire & Rubber Co. supplied the series' race tyres for its first three seasons.
From Tire Business (A Crain publication)